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Lancaster gets fourth-quarter push

JJ Harrington had 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead Lancaster to a 58-43 win over Orchard Park in an ECIC I boys basketball matchup Wednesday night.

The Redskins outscored Orchard Park, 25-7, in that final quarter to improve to 4-3 in the league.

"We were down three at the start of the fourth and right off the bat we picked up the pressure, got a steal and an easy layup from JJ Harrington," Lancaster coach Conrad Walters said. "We just took care of the ball. We were a little sloppy in the first three quarters and we did a better job in the fourth."

Harrington also added 18 rebounds and four blocked shots while Paul Baumann had a career-high 13 points.

"Any league win in ECIC I this year is a good win," Walters said. "The league is a tough win this year no matter who you're playing."


Press gives Pioneer win

A full-court press and clutch free-throw shooting in the final four minutes helped give Pioneer a 54-50 win over Cheektowaga in an ECIC III girls basketball matchup.

The Warriors went up by three points with about four minutes to play when Pioneer got to work.

"We went to our full court press, got some steals, attacked the basket and drew some fouls," Pioneer coach Bill Connelly said. "We've been running very well."

Jenna Crabb led all scorers with 25 points and combined with Natalie Cornell to go 12 for 14 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter for Pioneer (10-0).


Wilson wins tiebreaker

It was an odd way to win a wrestling meet. After seven matches were contested, Wilson and Barker were tied, 36-36, in a Niagara-Orleans League meet. But somebody had to win.

According to "Criterion H" -- the eighth tiebreaker -- the winner is determined by which team scored first in each match. The team that had the most "first points" for the night earned the team win.

Wilson scored first in five of the seven matches and took the victory.

Individually for the Lakemen, Tom Pestinger had a 12-8 decision over Cody McKee at 160 pounds while Brandon Culverwell had a 5-2 decision over Derek Fuerch at 171.


Coaches vs. Cancer Week

The Basketball Coaches Association of New York has designated Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 as Coaches vs. Cancer week in New York to raise awareness about fundraising efforts to help fight the disease. High school coaches across New York will wear sneakers during their games during this period, emulating the college coaches who will be wearing their sneakers the following weekend. Spectators are asked to donate to the cause at their local high school games.

Last year more than $20,000 was raised in Western New York. BCANY has also designated the Williamsville South at Williamsville East game on Friday as a special Coaches vs. Cancer kickoff game.

Donations may also be sent care of Al Monaco, Williamsville South H.S., 5950 Main St., Williamsville 14221, or Dave Archer, Exec. Dir. BCANY, 524 Dickson St., Endicott 13760. All checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society.

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